Living Like Life Has an Expiration Date

Dan Phillips offers a great perspective on time and eternity here.

Expiration DateIt does seem that Christians are prone to look for Christ’s return with a “get-me-outta-here” hope that can lead to a “hold-the-fort” mentality and a “grit-your-teeth-a-little-longer” way of life. The truth is, there are things you can ONLY do here. This is your only chance to honor the Lord by resisting the Devil. This is your only chance to demonstrate your love of Christ by finding full pleasure in Him rather than the distractions of besetting sins or temporal pleasures. Those opportunities–like the temptations that create them–have an expiration date on them.

Now, I’m eager to be done with temptation. Really eager. But, as Dan points out, “the life that I now live” does offer a unique opportunity to honor Christ. And isn’t that part of the point of I Peter 3:10-11? That the transience of our lives and of this world should not only make us long for the next, but also drive the way we live today?

Thanks, Dan, for the good reminder.

Note: If memory serves, Irwin Lutzer’s “Winning the Inner War” (previously “How to Say No to a Stubborn Habit”) makes similar points about the opportunities which temptation affords.

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One Response

  1. That Lutzer book is excellent–I didn’t know it had changed titles.

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